Saturday, September 28, 2019

#BookSpotlight - "The Sweetest Magic of All" by Alice Renaud

The Sweetest Magic of All
A story in the Mystic Desire Anthology by BVS
Paranormal Romance


Mystic Desire is a collection of brand new supernatural romance stories by award-winning BVS authors! 

The Sweetest Magic of All by Alice Renaud: When a sexy apprentice witch and a hot warlock go back in time to locate a magical amulet, they find more than they bargained for. It's May Eve, the most magical night of the year, and normal rules don't apply...

An Awareness of Evil – Dee S. Knight 
Only two things stand between evil and a small girl: the visions of Amanda McMasters and Detective Brendan Gilchrist. Neither can afford to be wrong.

Bewitching the Wolf – Zia Westfield 
The Witch, Alice Humphreys, has poured her heart and soul into creating a magical B&B where guests experience the fantasy vacation of their dreams! Brodie MacEwan has been sent to investigate the mysterious death of his uncle. He never expected to discover his soul mate in his dreams. But is the illusion real? Alice knows that there is something all too predatory about the Scotsman and he makes her body tingle in places it shouldn’t!

Calling All Angels – Lora Logan 
Elijah Baker, an immortal tasked with fighting against demons that exist on earth, finds peace when he meets his new neighbor, Celeste. But when he realizes that their love comes with a cost, he is faced with choosing between his calling and a chance at true love.

Dream Catcher – Callie Carmen 
Long ago, a medicine man had made a matched set of dream catchers as a wedding gift to protect the Chief’s daughter and her warrior husband. He had called upon the benevolent spirits to keep the two soul mates safe and in a loving, healthy marriage. It was foretold that if the two dream catchers were ever divided the new owners would be drawn together as soul mates. Was that possible?

Life Saving – Anne Krist 
Saving lives isn't just for adults. Sometimes the innocent magic of a child can do the job better.

Love from the Mist – Patricia Elliott
When Jace Warden learns that his brother plans to announce his engagement at a family get together, he flees to the other side of the world to escape the joyous celebration.
Or at least attempts to… His plane never makes it, and he winds up trapped on an island. Little does he realize, he’s not alone; there’s a mischievous little entity milling about, and she wants to play.

Love Knows No Apocalypse – Patricia Elliott 
Getting stranded in the middle of a storm was not Samantha Wheeler’s idea of an ideal situation, especially in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. But fighting zombies was the easy part; her heart, though, was a whole other matter. Thanks to a man named Steve Jones.
When they find themselves in danger, she has to decide what’s more important - dying for someone she loves or surviving.

Love that Binds – Carol Schoenig
On the outskirts of a small town where nothing grows, a young girl, Ianthee, is being bullied and accused of being a witch. Young Caleb, inexplicably drawn to Ianthee, comes to her rescue. Before they can explore their feelings, Caleb and his family disappear. What happened to him, and what part does a long-ago legend play in their lives?

Love’s Ghost – R.M. Olivia 
“Sorry, babe. I know it hurts to hear.” John frowned. “I’ll make this brief. I spoke to the man in charge and he is giving me one last chance.”
“Come again?”
“I’m allowed to make love to my wife one last time before I have to cross over. So, are you ready for your husband? Are you ready for me, Ingrid?” He lifted my chin up and ran his thumb along my lips. I felt a chill go down my spine. How could this be real? How could this be happening?

The Anniversary – Richard Savage 
A cruel twist of fate wrenched Evelyn and Peter apart on their wedding anniversary. Evelyn’s life descends into darkness. James enters her life giving her a chance of happiness. Evelyn discovers a piece of jewelry, that has the power to grant her time with Peter on their anniversary. She adores James, but needs Peter. Can she ever really let Peter go, while there’s still a chance they can be together?

The Mortal Vampire – Suzanne Smith
Remy enjoys life as a vampire, never giving a thought to sucking every last drop of tasty blood out of his unfortunate victims and leaving them door nail dead. But his cold and carefree existence changes the day he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious mortal Angela.

Through the Veil – Jan Selbourne 
A beautiful March day in 1875 ends in tragedy when the wagon carrying Helen and Marcus plunges down the mountainside. Generations pass before Rachel Finlay finds an old sepia photo of a man and woman. She knows them but she’s never met them and now, for the peace of mind she desperately craves, she goes back to where it began. In time, through the veil, knowing she may never return.

Unconditional Lust – Breanna Hayes
The massive, hideous merrow leader, Muruch, craves the taste of human flesh. Confined to the ocean, he feeds his horde with sailors from ships pulled into the maw of the Bermuda Triangle. When US Army Captain, Nurys Shaye, puts her life on the line to save him after being captured, his hunger for human flesh is shadowed by the desire for her body and her love. Will she be able to see past his appearance and trust him to break down her walls and teach her to feel?

Excerpt from “The Sweetest Magic of All”

Sapphire was in a kitchen, which looked exactly like the one that Aaron had described. The golden glow of late afternoon streamed through the open windows. A strong, sweet scent hovered in the air, coming from the white blooms above the fireplace. “Hawthorn!” She ran up to the mantelpiece, and here, just as Aaron had promised, was the amulet, next to the blue vase filled with flowers. She grabbed the iron charm and held it against her heart. A wave of joy rolled through her and lifted her up, until she felt like bursting into song. With the joy came a powerful gratitude for the man who had accomplished this miracle. “Aaron, I don’t know how to thank you.”

He didn’t answer straight away. She wheeled round, and the words died on her lips when she saw the hunger in his eyes. No man had ever looked at her like that.

He wanted her. The realization hit her like a hurricane, drying her mouth and weakening her knees.

“I can think of a few things you could do to thank me,” he said, his voice husky.

Motes of light danced between them. The scent of hawthorn grew stronger. Aaron took one step towards her. “Tonight is May Eve. The most magical night in the year. In the seventeenth century, the most magical time this land has ever seen. That’s why your ancestor isn’t here. She’s out in the woods, dancing.”

He flashed her a wolfish grin. “Dancing, naked, with a dozen men and women. Before the sun sets, she will choose one man to be her lover. Together, they will perform the oldest rite of all, to welcome the summer.”

Every word was an ember, sinking into her belly to glow and smoulder. With a jolt, Saffy understood that his magic hadn’t left her after all. That powerful beat was still in her heart, and in her blood. The hot pulse between her legs was growing stronger by the second, tugging her towards him. “Have you put a spell on me?” she wondered, aloud.

If he had, she wanted more of that magic. A lot more.
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Don’t miss our great Halloween Mystic Desire book party on 31 October! There will be games, a chance to chat with the BVS authors who contributed to the anthology Mystic Desire, and many great prizes to be won!


Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day she's a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night she writes fantasy romance about shape shifting mermen, water monsters and time-travelling witches. Her first book, “A Merman’s Choice,” was published in January 2019 by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book, “Music for a Merman,” is on pre order now. Alice has also written a short story, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” included in the BVS “Mystic Desire” anthology, on pre order now.

Alice loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!

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  1. Thank you Amber for spotlighting this beautiful anthology! The story was great fun to write.

    1. Of course. I'm more than happy to help promote! LOVE the cover!

  2. What great blog post Alice, and thank you Amber for hosting this post. I can't wait for the anthology to come out, not long to wait now.

  3. Hi Alice and Amber,
    “Every word was an ember, sinking into her belly to glow and smoulder.” Boy, do I love that line. Full of passion and promise. Can’t wait to read the anthology. All the stories sound wonderful.

  4. I've been waiting on this one for awhile now. Ready to get my spook on!

  5. Hi Alice & Amber,
    Amber your blog looks lovely.
    Alice, Aaron sounds like he is going to be sexy as can be. Looking forward to reading more. Fantastic idea to have all the different art from different books. I wish I had thought of that. I already turned in the Oct. 1 blog. If I do anymore I'm going to take your idea and do that too.

  6. Thank you Ric, Suzanne, Gibby and Callie for dropping by!

  7. I agree that Aaron has got magical fingers!

  8. Alice, thanks so much for talking about our anthology! I know we're all anxious to read it.

  9. Alice thank you for promoting Mystic Desire Anthology. I am so looking forward to reading all the stories. Amber thank you, for hosting the blog.


  10. Thank you to everyone who stopped by. Your kind words mean a lot.
    This antho looks like a great book. To all the authors, great job!!


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